|Category||Music Video||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1991||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||54:29 Minutes
(Not 60 Minutes as per packaging)
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||None|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The transfer is generally very sharp, with the subject of each shot being easy to make out, but the obvious problems involved with music videos of the early 1980s become readily apparent at times. Shadow detail is poor, with the black portions of the transfer containing no discernible details whatsoever. Low-level noise and film grain are something of a problem, especially in the monochrome portions of the transfer. To make matters worse, the colour saturation is very poor during some parts of videos such as Lost In You, although the later videos such as Rhythm Of My Heart are largely immune from the above problems.
MPEG artefacts were not a problem at any point, mainly because the video transfer's bit rate rarely falls below nine Mb/s, with the maximum ten Mb/s rate often being used. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some occasional aliasing, with a particularly bad example on the front of the car Rod is driving at 18:08. Film artefacts consisted of some small marks on the negatives used for most of the videos, but you'd be hard-pressed to notice most of them.
I am no fan of Rod Stewart's music, but this DVD makes listening to the songs quite pleasant in spite of their thematic sameness. Rhythm Of My Heart is a particular highlight of this tracklist, with its anthemic nature being unleashed by the digital format. To give you an idea, I always found this song to be quite boring and lifeless when I heard it being broadcast on the radio or television almost a decade ago, but hearing the song in digital makes a world of difference.
There was no surround activity on this DVD, which is a real pity considering that some activity from the rears would have made the aforementioned song even greater. However, the immersive quality of the music itself more than makes up for this. The subwoofer, on the other hand, had a whale of a time supporting the bass and drum tracks, even if they are quite simplistic compared to what my subwoofer would normally consider a musical treat. This is a DVD with which to show off the musical qualities of your home theatre setup, if nothing else.
The video quality varies from below average to very good, and is generally good.
The audio quality is superb, and quickly attains reference status.
There are no extras.
© Dean McIntosh (my
sucks... read it anyway)
July 28, 2000.
|DVD||Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Panasonic TC-29R20 (68 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite input; Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer|